The freedom to make a will is severely curtailed in Gehennum. Women are not allowed any control over the disposition of their assets after their deaths, unless they have no legal guardian, or are over the age of sixty. Men’s freedom to will is constrained by laws requiring them to leave certain parts of their property to their eldest sons, and certain other parts to provide dowries for any unwed daughters. Some courts rule that a single legal flaw invalidates the entire will, leaving the disposition of a man’s property to any previous valid will, or to the rules of intestate succession. (see inheritance.)

When people do make wills they lodge them with temples or colleges of priests for safe-keeping. In sacred treasuries they are supposed to be safe from tampering.

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